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Today in Horrifying Statistics: Defensive Improvement

Consider two teams, call them X and Y.

In 2011 these teams each improved their defensive performance

Team X has given up 55 fewer yards per game than it gave up in 2010.

Team Y has improved even more, giving up 102 fewer yards per game than it gave up in 2010.

Why might this scare you you ask?

 

Column1 Column2 2010 YPG 2011 YPG Improvement Percent Improvement
Team X Georgia 329 273 55 17%
Team Y Alabama 286 184 102 36%

You know all the improvement we've been seeing from the Dawgs so far? That's about one half as much as Alabama. In other words, while Georgia has unquestionably made strides defensively this year, statistically, the gulf between the Dawgs and the best defense in the country has actually widened.

I'm curious to know what you think?

Glass half full point of view might be that good defenses continue to improve, so there is no reason to think that we have seen the peak of what the 3-4 can do with elite atheletes and good coaching. Alabama isn't alone in a very good defense that has gotten even better. Michigan State and Central Florida have pulled this off as well. To an extent so has LSU.

Glass half empty might be that the mountain we are scaling to be the best in the SEC is actually getting taller as we climb it.

Glass broken from throwing it at me through your screen for pointing this out, is also a choice.

Go Dawgs!

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